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The Vegan Foodie’s Guide to Keelung: Restaurant, Night Market & Convenience Store

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Vegan foods in Keelung, Taiwan

Located just about an hour away from Taipei, Keelung is a major port city (Taiwan’s second largest seaport actually!) and is nicknamed “The Rainy Port.” There is a rich history to be explored and plenty of breathtaking views in Keelung, making it the perfect addition to your Taiwan travel itinerary. You may be wondering, though, if it would be especially difficult to find vegan food because we all know that food can oftentimes make or break a trip. Well, I’m here with good news! There are plenty of vegan food options in Keelung, ranging from snacks to meals and all quite affordable! Let’s explore some of the options, shall we?

I. Restaurants

1. Choose One 潛水堡

Address: 201, Taiwan, Keelung City, Xinyi District, Yiqi Rd, 4號2樓

menu: Choose One 潛水堡 menu

Choose One 潛水堡 is a vegetarian sub shop that has vegan options. At the time of writing, their hours of operation are every day from 7:30 am-4:30 pm. They’re located on the second floor of the building, so make sure to go up the stairs to find them.

They have a variety of breads, mains, veggies, and sauces to choose from to essentially build your own sub. Their breads and coffees are known to be crowd pleasers, so I highly recommend checking out Choose One during your trip to Keelung. I got the vegan cumin lamb sub with Italian bread, tomatoes, bell peppers, black olives, edamame, and lime sauce for 99 NTD ($3.14 USD), and it was a great start to a great day!

 

2. Fan Bao Zi (范包子)

Address: No. 8號, Yiqi Rd, Xinyi District, Keelung City, 201

menu: Fan Bao Zi

 

A staple part of the Taiwan and indeed Keelung diet are the delicious baozi (包子). Filled with a huge range of flavours from sweet to savory to totally plain, bao (包) are a fantastic breakfast food but are thoroughly enjoyable any time of day. Located just beneath Choose One, Fan Bao Zi is open early for breakfast from 6 am-7 pm and fresh bao are replenished throughout the day, making this spot an excellent option for snacks or meals throughout the day.

Fan Bao Zi have a number of vegan fillings including: cabbage, mixed vegetable, red bean, black sesame, and a brown sugar mantou bun. The store also offers drinks such as soy milk.

 

3. Simple Soy Milk (平實豆漿)

Address: No. 22號, Liu Ming Chuang Rd, Ren ai District, Keelung City, Taiwan 200

 

Simple Soy Milk is a breakfast shop that has vegan options. At the time of writing, they’re open from 5:30 am-12:30 pm every day except Wednesdays. It’s a cute little restaurant with tables both inside and outside.

My go-to order was the black sesame soy milk and the sweet potato fan tuan (purple rice roll). It’s also located near an outdoor fruits and veggies market that is nice for buying fresh local produce.

 

4. Fo Guang Shan Ji Le Temple Restaurant (佛光山極樂寺滴水坊)

Address: No. 270號, Xin’er Rd, Xinyi District, Keelung City, Taiwan 201

The Fo Guang Shan Ji Le Temple Restaurant is, just as the name suggests, located inside the Fo Guang Shan Ji Le Temple. This restaurant is on the 5th floor and has some really amazing food that is also aesthetic. At the time of writing, this restaurant is open from 11 am-7:30 pm every day except Mondays.

Eating here allows for a nice, peaceful break from a long day of exploring with some delicious food. I love the peanut tofu and the spicy signature braised noodles!

menu of Fo Guang shan Ji Le Temple
source: Fo Guang shan Ji Le Temple

 

If you want to go on a virtual restaurant tour of Keelung to check out these restaurants, check out this TikTok!

Vegan Restaurant Food in Keelung, Taiwan

II. Keelung MiaoKou Night Market

1. Vegetarian 8 Treasures Glass Noodles (素食八寶冬粉)

Address: 200, Taiwan, Keelung City, Ren’ai District, Ai 4th Rd, 7號號前

 

This stall is a gem in the Keelung Night Market as it is fully vegan and has some of the most amazing food in the entire night market! I love their noodle soup and the variety of vegan protein options they have from tofu to vegan chicken rolls!

2. Stinky Tofu

Stinky tofu is a delicious Taiwanese street food that doesn’t taste like it sounds in my opinion. I love how it’s served with Taiwanese kimchi (somewhat sweet pickled cabbage) and can be found at night markets across Taiwan. This is a food I recommend you at least try once because you may end up loving it like the many other people out there!

3. Cong You Bing (Scallion Pancake)

Cong you bing is a Taiwanese breakfast food that doubles as a nighttime snack, hence it being available at the night market. You can also get your hands on cong you bing at Taiwanese breakfast shops in case you crave it in the morning. It is essentially a scallion pancake, but I especially love the fact that you can get it with various powders on top.

My favorite is definitely the spicy powder as it adds so much flavor to the snack. Cong you bing is a food you won’t want to miss at the night market!

Cong You Bing (Scallion Pancake)

4. Grilled Corn

I first came across Uncle Being’s grilled corn stall at the Fengjia Night Market in Taichung, and there was always a long line in front. Luckily, you can also find Uncle Being’s grilled corn stall at the Keelung MiaoKou Night Market! Just ask for the vegetarian option as that is vegan.

Grilled Corn

5. Sweet Potato Balls

Thankfully, sweet potato balls are a well-loved delicacy that are easy to find at every night market. I absolutely love these little balls of joy and have a good feeling that you will too!

Sweet Potato Balls

6. Strawberry Daifuku

Strawberry daifuku is essentially mochi stuffed with strawberry and other fillings. The original flavor with red bean paste is vegan as are a few other flavors, so just make sure to confirm there is no milk or egg used in the filling if you decide to try other flavors.

Strawberry Daifuku

7. Douhua (Tofu Pudding) & Tangyuan (Glutinous Rice Balls)

Douhua, or tofu pudding, is one of my favorite desserts for sure! There are so many different toppings you can add to your tofu pudding, such as taro balls, red beans, barley, and tapioca pearls, to name a few. Places that sell douhua usually also sell tangyuan, which are glutinous rice balls served in a hot broth or syrup. You can also ask to add tangyuan to your douhua if you want, but it can also be eaten separately. Both desserts are well worth trying!

8. Sugarcane Juice

My all-time favorite juice is sugarcane juice, so I was overjoyed when I discovered this is a night market favorite as well! If you’ve never had sugarcane juice before, trying it at a night market in Taiwan is a great idea!

9. Mung Bean Smoothie

Mung bean smoothies may sound like a savory pairing for vegetables but in reality are one of the most delicious drinks on offer at the market, and are a Taiwanese staple to cool down in the warmer weather.

There are two stalls at the MiaoKou night market currently offering the sweet treats and both have numerous options. Unlike smoothies with fruits and milk blended together, mung bean smoothies are made on an ice base, with sugar syrup and and mung beans blended in.

A delightful option to be sure. This stall has a number of toppings you can add to your smoothie too! just make sure to check that yours is vegan, the boba pearls add a fun texture and flavour combination!

10. Fruits

Cut-up fruits and fruit juices are available at many stalls throughout the night market, so you can easily quell your sweet tooth with some of nature’s candy whenever you get the craving!

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If you want to see all the vegan options at the Keelung MiaoKou Night Market with your own eyes before arriving, check out this TikTok!

Vegan Options at the Keelung Night Market

III. Convenience Stores

Convenience Stores have plenty of vegan options in Taiwan thankfully, making it easy to get snacks and even quick meals on-the-go throughout your travels in Taiwan. Here are some of my favorite vegan convenience store foods!

Also note that you can have the frozen items heated up for you in the microwave behind the counter for you to be able to eat right away. Just make sure to tell the cashier you want it heated up when paying for the items.

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This 7-Eleven is located at 200, Taiwan, Keelung City, Ren’ai District, Renyi Rd, 281號1樓 and is near the Keelung MiaoKou Night Market.

1. Vegan Instant Ramen

Ramen is always one of my go-to convenience store foods, and the great thing with these is the fact that they are labelled vegan in English on the bottom and can be found in most convenience stores, both Family Mart and 7-Eleven.

2. Vegan Korean Fried Chik’n

This Vegan Korean Fried Chik’n is my absolute favorite convenience store find! It is in the frozen section (typically in one of the freezers/coolers) and can be found exclusively at Family Marts across Taiwan.

It is labeled as Vegetarian Korean Fried Chicken, but the green bubble label on the bottom right with Chinese characters in it confirms that it is indeed vegan as it has no animal products whatsoever. Learning those characters is also a great way to be able to identify vegan products across Taiwan!

 

3. Vegan Mapo Tofu Curry

Another product only available at Family Mart, this Vegan Mapo Tofu Curry comes in a packet near the ramen section and is from the Family Mart brand. There is usually also little bowls of rice you can buy to pair this with. One of the rice bowls is even labeled as Vegan Sticky Rice.

Vegan Mapo Tofu Curry

4. Vegan Rice Balls

Vegan rice balls are a great snack on-the-go and taste so good! There are a handful of vegan rice balls I found in convenience stores in Taiwan, including the ones with the following labels: Vegetarian Tuna, Plant-Based Meat Floss (not the one that is couple with radish in it), and King Oyster Mushroom.

My absolute favorite is the Vegetarian Tuna one (it is indeed vegan even though it says vegetarian; you’ll see the green bubble with the Chinese characters for vegan on here as well!), and this one I found most frequently at FamilyMart locations rather than 7-Elevens.

 

5. Vegan Dumplings

There are two main vegan dumpling packets that I found at convenience stores, and those are the Vegan Corn Dumplings and the Vegan Szechuan Pepper Dumplings. These can be found in the freezers/coolers.

vegan dumplings in convenience store

6. Black Sesame Steamed Buns

The Black Sesame Steamed Buns come in packs of 3 and are also in the coolers. I love these when I want a quick dessert that’s nice and warm once they heat it up for me in-store.

 Black Sesame Steamed Buns for vegan

7. Red Bean and Black Glutinous Rice Dessert

This dessert soup can be found in the freezer section, usually on the top shelf of the area where the tofu pudding and grass jelly are located. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you may find some other yummy vegan dessert soups in the same area, such as the White Fungus with Lotus Seeds Dessert and the Sweet Potato and Taro with Brown Sugar Dessert Soup.

8. Tofu Pudding

Douhua, or tofu pudding, is one of my favorite Taiwanese desserts, and lucky for us, they have it available at convenience stores! This one comes with a brown sugar syrup packet to pour on top of the tofu pudding.

I did find that sometimes they were out of stock or not at every convenience store, but most convenience stores did have at least some in stock, especially early in the day.

9. Grass Jelly

Grass jelly is another yummy dessert that can be found in many convenience stores and is located next to the tofu pudding as it has the same packaging, except with a green lid instead of the blue one that is characteristic of the tofu pudding.

10. Plant-Based SoyJoy

The only vegan bar I could find at convenience stores is this Plant-Based SoyJoy. I found that only the white chocolate macademia nut SoyJoy, which comes in blue packaging, was vegan. Luckily, it also says “Plant-Based” in English on the packaging, so it’s easy to spot among the other SoyJoy bars.

SoyJoy bars for vegan

11. Alternative Milks

My favorite beverage at the convenience store is the no sugar added high fiber soy milk! They also have plenty of other alternative milks in milk cartons, though, so you have a good variety to choose from. The most common ones I found in every convenience store are various soy milks, black soybean milk, brown rice milk, and oat milk.

Fun Fact: I also found the most vegan-friendly 7-Eleven in Taiwan, and it’s in Keelung! If you want to have an inside look at all the vegan food and snacks I found there, check out this TikTok!

The Most Vegan-Friendly 7-Eleven in Taiwan

 

Now that you have the vegan guide to Keelung, I hope you enjoy your time exploring this beautiful port city and all it has to offer, including all the delicious vegan food options! See you in Keelung!

 

More vegetarian friendly restaurants here: Keelung Food: Being a happy vegetarian eating in Keelung

 

Keelung Food Culture

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Rabia is a world traveler who loves exploring vegan food options wherever she goes. This has allowed her to engage with various cultures on a deeper level, oftentimes introducing her to more specific traditional foods and giving her more insight into the history and culture of the places she visits.

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